No. 15 – Little Black Dress

04 Jun No. 15 – Little Black Dress

Greetings from Edisto Island! Hubby and I are on the grounds of the island’s historic Presbyterian Church now in its fourth century of worship, and which we found to be a perfect setting for photos.

I was on a mission to make brightly colored summer clothes when New Look 6429 leaped off of the catalogue page. It is one of those patterns I’ve been looking for since I returned to sewing nearly 5 years ago. Cut in shoulders, cut out neckline, simple and chic, I was smitten. Look 6429

I also had a  beautiful piece of black stretch viscose crepe from Mood Fabrics waiting to be sewn. Often sewing is about creativity, but not this time ~ recreating View D was my goal.

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While the pattern doesn’t require a stretch fabric, I knew this crepe with its very slight stretch would make a lovely Little Black Dress (in addition to jackets, skirts and trousers).


The dress is shaped by French darts which disappear into the texture of the fabric.


To help the dress maintain its shape, I lined it with Mood Fabrics’ Antracite Black Acetate lining although the pattern does not require a lining. The neckline and tabs are faced with self fabric which left only the bodice to line. Here’s what it looked like before I assembled the neckband to the tabs and back shoulders.

LBD layout

Oddly enough the back seam and zipper are sewn last.


I understand why the instructions are ordered this way, but it is impossible to try the dress on before attaching the neckband. This means if you have any fitting issues a muslin is a must! The pattern is well drafted and my only change was removing 2 inches of length from the bodice.  The back is shaped by darts giving the dress an overall flattering fit.


I can imagine this pattern again in every view as well as a variety of fabrics. Perhaps in this Geometric Riviera Pique which is in my stash, or tweed for the Fall, or View D in solid white.

As Nina Garcia says, “Often the perfect little black dress finds the girl when she is not looking.”

How true! While clothes finding sewers is a less direct route, my new LBD was well worth the gentle interruption to summer sewing and happy colors 🙂

Until soon!LBD-001

  • Joyce Latham
    Posted at 07:09h, 04 June Reply

    A very flattering dress on you indeed! You look great in it. I love that it’s simple, but interesting and cool, (pun intended)
    Well done and fsbulous photographs as always. Can’t wait to see the other views made, that’s a great pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:56h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Joyce! I agree, the pattern is everything a simple dress should be 🙂

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 07:37h, 04 June Reply

    Great pics! Great dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:03h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 07:49h, 04 June Reply

    Its always so nice to wake up on my favorite morning of the week and have one of your posts waiting in my inbox. This is a silhouette that I have always loved and the cut outs give it such a fun modern style. I love your version and will pick up this pattern post haste. PS-I’m having some serious shoe envy here!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:22h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! It’s vintage and modern at the same time. Kind of reminds me of a That Girl dress 🙂 The shoes are a Tory Burch wedding splurge.

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:07h, 04 June Reply

    Oh I love this dress…..nothing like a LBD….but with some style! Great choice of fabric too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Laura! I think it has great summer potential 🙂

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 08:10h, 04 June Reply

    What a beautiful chic dress you have sewn. I love the pattern and have ordered it for myself. I love to make clothes from patterns for my clients and this one is definitely going to be a hit. I love the other styles as well. I really agree that if you are not sure about the fitting it’s best to make a toile. I am going to make it in a mock linen for myself as I live in Israel where it’s already 34 degrees and it’s only the beginning of June! Certainly it’s impossible here to wear lined clothes in the 6 months of summer unless it’s lined in a very thin cotton or silk. This dress wil see me through the summer right through till November. I also plan to make this dress with the insert piece using voile and a patterned cotton for the dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:24h, 05 June Reply

      Suzanne ~ Thank you so much for your comment. Since the pattern does not call for a lining it will be perfect and I really like your idea of the voile insert – brilliant!

  • Judith Cortelloni
    Posted at 08:17h, 04 June Reply

    What a great choice for the black crepe! You look fantastic. How do you find such good fabric choices? When I look at Mood, I am overwhelmed by the selection of fabrics.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:26h, 05 June Reply

      Many thanks Judith!
      I think I will write a post about ordering online comfortably 🙂 I can see how it would be overwhelming, but I’ve done it for so long I’m now comfortable with the process.

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 08:24h, 04 June Reply

    Just LOVE the fit on you! I’m always so impressed with your fitting expertise! And the cut in shoulders and cut out neckline is very chic and fun! Perfect marriage of fabric and pattern! And what girl doesn’t need an LBD for summer?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:27h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Cindy! The cut in shoulders and cut out neckline sold me immediately on the pattern. and the bonus was that I was pleased with the fit too 🙂

  • Jenny
    Posted at 08:37h, 04 June Reply

    Very pretty, classy, and flattering! This is one of those patterns I’ve been hemming and hawing about, but I think I should go for it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:28h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Jenny! You should definitely go for it 😉

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 08:46h, 04 June Reply

    Perfect LBD! I think I “need” this pattern!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 05 June Reply

      You really need it, Cissie and I know you would wear it well 😉 Many thanks for the comment!

  • Becky Thompson
    Posted at 08:59h, 04 June Reply

    Love it! That pattern is now on my hunting list. Looks great!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you Becky!

  • Stylememary
    Posted at 09:02h, 04 June Reply

    Lovely! Good job making a wardrobe staple with a personality of its own.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:31h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Stylememary! What I also love about the dress is that it requires very little accessorizing 🙂

  • Cheryl Lemmons
    Posted at 09:12h, 04 June Reply

    What a great dress! And the fit is spot on. Love the shoes as well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:32h, 05 June Reply

      HI Cheryl! Thank you so much ~ the Tory Burch shoes were a wedding splurge for my younger daughter’s wedding in January.

  • Gail PickensBarger
    Posted at 09:34h, 04 June Reply

    Lovely dress. Curious to see your mock up of the dress too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:35h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Gail! The mock up is not a pretty picture marked up, cut, restitched etc…… Thankfully I made the changes to the paper pattern because I left it behind in Charleston by accident. I might try one more muslin before making it again 🙂

  • Irene
    Posted at 09:53h, 04 June Reply

    Gorgeous! Looks perfect on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:35h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Irene!

  • Gerhild
    Posted at 10:17h, 04 June Reply

    What a great choice for a Little Black Dress. I looks great on you. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:37h, 05 June Reply

      ………. and thank you for your feedback, Gerhild! I appreciate all comments including constructive criticism 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 11:00h, 04 June Reply

    Great work! Nice choice of fabric and pattern!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:38h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Myra! I was pleased with the result 🙂

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 12:04h, 04 June Reply

    that is so nice – perfect summer little black dress. I love that pattern – now I am tempted.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:39h, 05 June Reply

      Many thanks, Beth! I believe you should make one for yourself 🙂

  • Alicia
    Posted at 12:18h, 04 June Reply

    Your LBD is fabulous! Perfect for the warmer months. I love the pattern, color and fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:39h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Alicia! I see it as a 3 season dress 🙂

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 12:22h, 04 June Reply

    Oh, I love this one, Sarah! What a terrific pattern. I have one sort of like this in my pattern stash, but I like the darts on this one better. It looks terrific on you!

    Noticing that the pattern sizes start at a 10…I would have thought that was huge on you – and the only change you made was taking a couple inches off the bodice length?! I haven’t sewn any Simplicity patterns in years…mainly because I just forget about them! I don’t think I’ve ever sewn a New Look pattern.

    Another great post – and another pattern to add to my stash!

    Enjoy your beach time!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:42h, 05 June Reply

      Many thanks, Cheryl! I am usually a 10 through the hips, but before sewing the side seams to any dress I always baste and tailor the seam for a custom fit. I did use larger seams in the bust and upper back, but did not consider it to be a pattern adjustment. It would fit a true size 10 very nicely 🙂

      • Mary Lynn
        Posted at 16:51h, 11 June Reply

        What is tailoring a seam? Sounds interesting – real “grown up” type sewing!

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 12:22h, 04 June Reply

    SO, SO adorable!! Must have this pattern asap!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:43h, 05 June Reply

      Yes you must, Dorcas! Look forward to seeing yours 🙂

  • Creative Hormone Rush
    Posted at 12:36h, 04 June Reply

    Your second peek-a-boo garment! You’re singlehandedly starting a new summer trend here, you know. This is light, fun, and fabulous. I love the black for this, too — really makes those cutouts pop. Gawchuss!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:44h, 05 June Reply

      LOL – I guess you’re right! No telling where the next peek-a-boo will be 😉 Many thanks for the comment.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 13:20h, 04 June Reply

    Love the Nina Garcia quote AND the dress!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:45h, 05 June Reply

      Nina Garcia rocks the house, doesn’t she ? Many thanks, Melissa!

  • Sheryll
    Posted at 16:55h, 04 June Reply

    So much for your brightly coloured summer clothes! The Nina Garcia quote is so true in your case I really love this little black dress, and it looks fabulous on you! I might need one!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:46h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Sheryll! Yes, you definitely need one!

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 17:24h, 04 June Reply

    Absolutely lovely! Definitely worth the short detour from your planned summer sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:00h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Karen! It was certainly the right decision!

  • twotoast
    Posted at 20:39h, 04 June Reply

    Very pretty, classy but with a bit of fun!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:01h, 05 June Reply

      Many thanks, Two Toast! The cutouts certainly make it fun 🙂

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 21:29h, 04 June Reply

    Sarah, I made this dress I think in the ’70’s. I always loved the pattern. I made several. The dress looks great on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:02h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! I just learned from a reader that this is a recreated Simplicity pattern. It reminds me of a Marlo Thomas dress 🙂

  • Joan
    Posted at 01:57h, 05 June Reply

    Wonderful choice of pattern, lovely, FUN, LBD!
    (I also feel I MUST purchase that New Look pattern; great classic style with nice design options.)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:03h, 05 June Reply

      Oh you MUST purchase the pattern! I love everything about it!

  • Ally - Design Rewind Fashions
    Posted at 02:56h, 05 June Reply

    Such a perfect summer dress and you look stunning in it! This is the exact same pattern as Simplicity 6838 from the 1960s. If some of you are having difficulty finding the New Look version you may want to check out the Simplicity one.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:05h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you, Ally! It reminds me of a 60s dress – something Marlo Thomas would have worn in That Girl.
      Nice to know there is an opition 🙂

  • Renee Gibson
    Posted at 10:49h, 05 June Reply

    Beautiful dress Sarah! It reminds me of a vintage pattern that I’ve been modifying and just now finishing the muslin stage. The pattern is Simplicity 6838 and was featured in a past edition of Threads. The Simplicity pattern had a higher neckline, but I find that a slightly lower neckline, like the one you made, is more flattering.
    You have inspired me to move along and get that dress made!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 06 June Reply

      Thank you, Renee! I look forward to reading the Threads article 🙂 I’m delighted to see some of the ‘Vintage’ patterns being restyled and printed ~ good luck with your dress 🙂

  • Marguerite
    Posted at 23:06h, 05 June Reply

    Gorgeous! There’s a vintage 60s pattern that has this same neckline! Not sure but think it was a Simplicity. I’m a big fan of the cut in armholes. As Nina also said, the A line silhouette is a flattering one! You continue to know exactly what styles are flattering to you! Just a great winner all the way around!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:41h, 06 June Reply

      Thank you, Marguerite! It is a Simplicity as I have learned from other readers. I’m glad this pattern was resurrected 🙂

  • Denny Kenny
    Posted at 00:27h, 06 June Reply

    Just a “discrete” question of modesty………are you wearing a strapless bra (I detest wearing one myself) or are your bra straps cleverly covered by the brilliant drafting of the pattern?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:40h, 06 June Reply

      Denny ~ Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m wearing a strapless. I wish I was brilliant enough to draft the pattern otherwise 😉

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 11:40h, 06 June Reply

    You made a beautiful little black dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:20h, 06 June Reply

      Thank you, Vanessa!

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:02h, 06 June Reply

    Mighty chic!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:21h, 06 June Reply

      Ya think? 😉

  • Cindy Happel`
    Posted at 12:51h, 06 June Reply

    Beautiful job – and you look fabulous in it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:21h, 06 June Reply

      Many thanks, Cindy!

  • Janice Delahunty
    Posted at 21:22h, 06 June Reply

    Everything about the dress is absolutely beautiful! It’s sort of retro, but still quite modern. Love it! Inspirational…….

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:19h, 08 June Reply

      Thank you, Janice! It is definitely retro as I have learned that it is a remake from a 1960s Simplicity pattern 🙂

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  • Anya
    Posted at 10:50h, 08 June Reply

    Wow! You certainly nailed view D! And those shoes…! I love this kind of neckband. I can recommend New Look 6263. It’s a very similar dress. There is a 2-button closure at the back of the neckband instead of a delicate zipper, and it has a bit more room in it’s A-line, which I think makes it perfect as beach dress. I already made 2 of those, but now that I see your dress, I’m going to try my luck on view B! Happy sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you, Anya! The shoes were a splurge for my daughter’s wedding.
      I too LOVE this type of neckband and checked out NL 6263 – very cute and would be lovely in a lightweight fabric. 🙂

  • Deborah
    Posted at 13:46h, 09 June Reply

    I was debating that very pattern just yesterday. Looks like I’m going back to get tired!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:31h, 10 June Reply

      So glad you’re giving it a try, Deborah!

  • Francine Boynton
    Posted at 16:33h, 10 June Reply

    I think I just heard the Marlo Tomas theme song! Crepe was my fabric of choice in the late 60’s through the 70’s. Always dependable. Can you wait a bra with this dress? A must at this point of my life, however, an option during the late 60! Thanks for your fantastic photos and blog! Franny

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 11 June Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Francine! Yes, I wear a strapless with this dress 🙂

  • Lyndle
    Posted at 18:53h, 11 June Reply

    Gorgeous dress. Really beautiful on you. And that location is stunning too!

  • Terri Baker
    Posted at 13:47h, 28 June Reply

    I love everything you post! Thank you!! My big question is this – how do you track your fabrics?

    Thank you

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:11h, 28 June Reply

      Thank you, Terri! I’m not sure I understand your question ~ what do you mean by track my fabrics?

      • Terri
        Posted at 17:37h, 28 June Reply

        I”m sorry!! You just always know where your fabrics came from! I just thought you had a tracking system to keep up with where, when and how much each fabric costed?

  • Margie
    Posted at 18:01h, 20 July Reply

    I love this dress perfect for all ages. I have the perfect blue silk pique, thanks for your tips.

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